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Niners 7th Straight Victory Over Rams, Phillies/Mariners Heading To Postseason After Droughts, NWSL Abuse Allegations

FOOTBALL

The San Francisco 49ers (thanks in large part to their defense and Nick Bosa who leads the League in sacks) continue to dominate the LA Rams. Monday night’s decisive 24-9 win gave the Niners their seventh straight-regular season victory against the Rams.

BASEBALL

The Philadelphia Phillies are heading to the postseason for the first time in 11 years. The Phillies clinched the final National League playoff spot on Monday night with a win over the Houston Astros.

The Seattle Mariners have also overcome a postseason drought. By defeating the Oakland A’s on Friday night, the team will head to the postseason for the first time in 21 years.

SOCCER

The U.S. Soccer Federation released a report detailing abuse allegations in the National Women’s Soccer League. In addition to findings of abusive and inappropriate behavior, the report also highlights repeated obstruction of investigations by the NWSL into the allegations.

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Neurotrauma Consultant Fired, Eagles Unbeaten, Lutz Misses By 2″, Wilson Gets Win, Raiders Finally Win, Ohtani’s $30Mill

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The NFL and NFLPA (Players Association) are investigating concussion protocol after the Miami Dolphin quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s scary hit last Sunday where he was cleared to return to play, but then after another hit 4 days later, he left the game with head and neck injuries. The NFLPA also fired the neurotrauma consultant who diagnosed Tua and sent him back into the game.

In some weekend NFL news, the Philadelphia Eagles remain the only unbeaten team after their 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wil Lutz almost made history on Sunday in London when he attempted his second 60 or more-yard field goal of the game. In dramatic fashion, Lutz had a chance to tie the game with a 61-yarder but missed after the kick hit the upright and tilted backward. He literally missed by two inches.

Zach Wilson got the win in his quarterbacking debut for the New York Jets. Jets 24, Steelers 20

And, the Las Vegas Raiders finally won a game by defeating the Denver Broncos 32-23.

For more week 4 NFL news, click here.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Angels agreed to pay Shohei Ohtani $30 million for the 2023 season in his final year of arbitration eligibility before he becomes a free agent. Ohtani is the 2021 American League MVP.

 

 

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Another Scary Game For Dolphins QB, NFLPA Investigating Concussion Protocol

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The Cincinnati Bengals beat the previously undefeated Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, but that wasn’t the main story of the evening. Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hit his head after being sacked in the second quarter of the game and remained on the field for 10 minutes. He was taken to the hospital on a stretcher, but thankfully the Dolphins announced at halftime that he had movement in all of his extremities and was going to join the team on the flight home. He’s being treated for a concussion, but what is making people extra concerned is that Tua went down last Sunday with an apparent head injury but was brought back on the field after passing concussion protocol. The NFL Players Association is thankfully reviewing the NFL’s concussion protocol after these two scary back-to-back incidents.

 

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Aaron Judge Hits 61st, Pro Bowl Replaced By Flag Football, LeBron Buys Pickleball Team

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The New York Yankees superstar Aaron Judge hit his much-anticipated 61st home run of the season on Wednesday night, tying Roger Maris’ American League record. Judge now has seven games left to break Maris’ record.

FOOTBALL

The NFL announced they are replacing the annual Pro Bowl (which has been played since 1951) with a weeklong skills competition and flag football game held in Las Vegas. The new programming will be called “The Pro Bowl Games” and will be run by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions company.

BASKETBALL

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, and a group of other investors bought an expansion team in the new Major League Pickleball League. The league will be comprised of 16 teams and will host six tournaments in 2023.

 

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Drama In Dolphins Win, Lamar Jackson On Fire, Raiders 0-3, Rush Solid In Dallas Win, Rihanna Super Bowl Performer

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Highlights from week 3 NFL games:

The Miami Dolphins are now 3-0 thanks to a strong quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa (who took a big hit on Sunday which is under investigation by the Players Association). The win over the Buffalo Bills had some interesting drama in the last few minutes. First, there was, what is being called, the “butt punt” when Miami punter Thomas Morstead kicked the ball from the end zone into his teammate’s rear end resulting in a safety. Then the Bills only needed a field goal to win, but they ran out of time.

The Baltimore Ravens are on fire thanks to quarterback Lamar Jackson, who didn’t sign a contract extension this season in order to increase his chances of a big payday going forward. Ravens 37, Patriots 26

The Las Vegas Raiders are the only team to lose all of its games this season and sit at 0-3.

Dallas quarterback Cooper Rush, starting for the second week for the injured Dak Prescott, is making a name for himself with another solid game and a 23-16 win against the NY Giants.

Rihanna announced she will be the Super Bowl LVII halftime performer on February 12th, 2023. Rihanna hasn’t performed publicly since the Grammy Awards in 2018. She also previously refused to perform at the halftime show in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who knelt during the national anthem and then claimed the league blackballed him.

 

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Bezos & Iger Interest In Buying Suns/Mercury, Celtics Suspend Udoka, Browns Beat Steelers, Apple Replacing Pepsi, Utah Student Threatens Detonating Reactor

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After an investigation surfaced accusing Robert Sarver (owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury) of mistreating employees and “fostering a toxic workplace”, the owner agreed to sell the franchises. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos  and former Disney CEO Bob Iger have expressed an interest in buying the Suns, which is valued at $1.8 billion.

The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the season after reports surfaced that Udoka had an inappropriate relationship with a female member of the staff.

FOOTBALL

The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday Night Football.

For $50 million annually, Apple Music is the proud sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Apple replaces Pepsi as the official sponsor.

A University of Utah engineering student posted on social media she would detonate a nuclear reactor on campus if the football team lost to San Diego State. The threat was determined to be a joke, but the student was arrested and the police stated, “We have a zero-tolerance policy for these kinds of threats.”

 

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Aces WNBA Champs, Dolphins/Jets Comeback Wins, Garoppolo Starter, Rodgers 450th TD, Bills/Eagles Prevail On MNF

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The Las Vegas Aces beat the Connecticut Sun to win the WNBA Championship, the city’s first major pro sports championship.

FOOTBALL

Some exciting week 2 NFL games:

The Miami Dolphins stunned the fans with a 42-38 win after a deficit of 35-14. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw four fourth-quarter touchdown passes (two to WR Tyreek Hill). Tua captured a special place in Dolphins history by joining Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Dan Marino in throwing six touchdowns in one game.

The New York Jets were down 13 points but came back to beat the Cleveland Browns 31-10.

The San Francisco 49ers lost their starting quarterback Trey Lance (#3 pick in the 2021 draft) for the season due to an ankle injury. Veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo will take over the reins.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw his 450th career touchdown pass on Sunday in a 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears. Rodgers joins an elite group of passers with over 450 touchdown passes: Tom Brady (626), Drew Brees (571), Peyton Manning (539), and Brett Favre (508).

In the Monday night doubleheader, the Buffalo bills outscored the Tennessee Titans 41-7, while the Philadelphia Eagles overshadowed the Minnesota Vikings for a 24-7 win.

 

 

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TNF On Amazon Prime, Favre Improper Funds, Federer Retiring

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Thursday Night Football featuring L.A. Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs will be the first regular season game available exclusively on a streaming platform (Amazon Prime at 8:15 pm). One of the cool gimmicks will feature chips embedded in the player uniforms tracking their stats for Amazon X-Ray Users to dissect.

According to reports, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is under investigation for improperly receiving welfare money to fund a volleyball facility at his daughter’s school. Favre previously denied the allegations, but text messages implicating him in this exchange have recently surfaced.

TENNIS

Tennis legend Roger Federer announced he’s retiring from tennis after next week’s Laver Cup in London. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles

 

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19-Yr Old Alcaraz Wins Open, Swiatek Wins Women’s Final, Ravens/Jackson Can’t Agree

TENNIS

Nineteen-year-old Carlos Alcaraz won the U.S. Open men’s final, his first Grand Slam championship. Alcaraz, who is now number 1 in the world, is the youngest Open men’s champion since Pete Sampras in 1990.

In the women’s final, Poland’s Iga Swiatek (the #1 seed) defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur for her third major championship and first U.S. Open title.

FOOTBALL

Heading into the first weekend of the NFL football season, the biggest news was that the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson failed to agree to a contract extension, which means Jackson is betting on himself to excel, as he’ll be playing this season on the fifth year of his rookie deal.

For a recap of Sunday’s NFL games, click here.

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Alabama #1 AP Ranking, Rams Lost To Bills, Legendary Bird Retires, Tiafoe Vs Alcaraz, Swiatek Vs Jabeur

FOOTBALL

In the first in-season College Football poll, the AP ranked Alabama at #1 with Georgia moving to #2 after their monstrous 49-3 win over Oregon. Rounding out the top five is Ohio State at #3, Michigan at #4, and Clemson at #5.

In the opening game of the NFL season, the Rams lost to the Buffalo Bills 31-10.

BASKETBALL

It’s the end of an era for the legendary Sue Bird after the Las Vegas Aces beat her Seattle Storm in the semifinals. Bird will retire with a historic 13 All-Star appearances and as the WNBA’s all-time assists leader. The Aces will play the Connecticut Sun in the best-of-five Finals beginning Sunday at 3:00 pm ET.

TENNIS

The 24-year-old Frances Tiafoe will take on 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (who beat Jannik Sinner in a five-hour, 15-minute riveting match) in the semifinals of the US Open. Tiafoe is the first American man to reach the semifinal since Andy Roddick in 2006.

Iga Swiatek and Ons Jabeur will meet in the Women’s Final. It is the first U.S. Open final for both players.

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